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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Mar 9, 2020 4:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: May 68 3/4 Small Faces, Johnny Rivers, CCR, & Pentangle

68 May 3/4

The Small Faces were one of those British bands , like The Move, to never catch on in the States, other than their hit “Itchycoo Park” . They went from a Mod, r&b inflected band to a whimsical psychedelic band, heard best on this album, usually thought of as their best . Somewhere between “The Who Sell Out”, and the more odd things by Traffic . Side one has six psychedelic pop/rock songs and side two of the album was a surreal fairy tale about “Happiness Stan” … This is all too hard to describe .If you don’t know it . It’s all on Youtube . Sadly, they never were able to get ti together to play it live . This is one of the things to caused frontman Steve Marriott to leave the band at the end of the year .;list=PL0hBGL74y9uZ9Q45rC8sFqReG8pOTmmBV&index=2&fbclid=IwAR2Nm3T4KaVg6MxDq7V-PvGqUikQ-4xpVjb4voThhEZj1SMD6hdHIIe4gY8

I aways have mixed feeling about Johnny Rivers, always seems a bit of the opportunist . You might look at the cover and think “Oh now Johnny’s jumped on the hippie thing “, though I think he looks more like some satanic cult leader from a low budget horror film .
But you know, this record is pretty good . I’m not with him on everything here, but his version of Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street” is really, really good . Dylan himself thinks highly of it .

This east bay band , would become a hugely successful, with John Fogerty becoming a great songwriter . But not yet, thought “Porterville” shows promise . The best know things from this record are covers .
“Susie Q”, was a rockabilly song from 1957 . To try to make inroads with the more hip freeform FM stations like KMPX “"We recorded an old Dale Hawkins song but I psychedelicized it to get it played on the local San Francisco underground radio station." Thus it’s long playing time, and guitar, etc. Personally I think it is pretty Boss . The single of it rose to #11, and was the only top 40 of theirs not to have been written by Fogerty . The other cover that got attention was “I Put A Spell On You”, by Screaming Jay Hawkins, a brave choice, but they pull it off .

The first album by this eclectic British Folk/jazz/blues group .”The name Pentangle was chosen to represent the five members of the band, and is also the device on Sir Gawain's shield in the Middle English poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight which held a fascination for Renbourn.” wiki . This record is an all acoustic album, recored by Shel Talmy of Who, Kinks, etc. fame . The twin guitars of Bert Jansch, and John Renbourn , and Jacqui McShee ’s vocals really make this distinct, with great drums, and bass also . Pretty cool record if you ask me .;list=OLAK5uy_kyvZDlFrSfKug0vEeZplnM32OKuhbOuHY&index=4;list=OLAK5uy_kyvZDlFrSfKug0vEeZplnM32OKuhbOuHY&index=7

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Poster: Vermoontains Date: Mar 10, 2020 10:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: May 68 3/4 Small Faces, Johnny Rivers, CCR, & Pentangle

I see TCM has early rock movies today with Allen Freed and a lot of acts from the 50's
Hendrix and Monterrey Pop too